MEQUON, Wis. – Marino Best tallied a program record seven goals to lead Concordia University Wisconsin to a dominating 14-1 win over Benedictine University in Midwest Lacrosse Conference action at Fitting Field.
Best (freshman, Naniamo, British Columbia) found the back of the net five times in the first half, as the Falcons controlled every facet of the game. Best twice scored back-to-back goals in the opening half. Sophomore Derek Brueske (Hopkins, Minn.) also had a career day as he tied the program record with six assists and a game-best six caused turnovers.
After each team traded goals, the floodgates opened for CUW with 13-consecutive goals. The Falcons finished with a 39-18 shots on goal differential, picked up 12 more ground balls than the Eagles (38-26) and had 20-of-23 successful clears.
CUW's (8-5, 5-2 MLC) defense caused 14 turnovers and held BU to just 13-of-22 successful clears. The defense showed its chemistry as it held the Eagles to 0-for-5 an man-up opportunities.
Junior Colin Stephenson (Caledonia, Mich.) finished with a career best three points, which included a new career-high two goals for the Falcons. Offensively, junior Justin Krause (Hartland, Wis.) assisted on three goals, while freshman Patrick Leen (Park Ridge, Ill.) scored his first career goal near the end of the third quarter. Junior Kyle Burrell (Calgary, Alberta) also picked up a career-best eight ground balls.
Connor Mersch scored BU's only goal in the first quarter, which was unassisted. Robert Abbott had a game-high-tying eight ground balls, while Jamic Adkins caused four turnovers.
CUW's victory put itself in a four-way tie for second place with five league victories, with three MLC games to play in the regular season. The Falcons return to action with back-to-back games on Tuesday and Wednesday at Carthage College (7 p.m.) before hosting MSOE (4 p.m.).